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Earlier this month, we did a preview piece of the RT-N66U Dual Band Gigabit Router from ASUS. Back then we covered the physical aspects of the router. Now, It’s time we put it to the test and see how well it performs.

Advertised Features and Specifications

We've covered the hardware and software in a preview earlier this month, and heres a quick recap of what the RT-N66U is capable of:

Designed for Class-Leading Speed and Range

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Dual-Band Connectivity for Lag-Free Entertainment

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Separate and Secure Wi-Fi Network via Guest Network Access

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Powerful Online Multitasking up to 300,000 Data Sessions

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VPN Server Enabled

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Specifications
Network Standard IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IPv4, IPv6
Data Rate
  802.11a : 6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54Mbps
802.11b : 1, 2, 5.5, 11Mbps
802.11g : 6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54Mbps
802.11n : up to 450Mbps
Antenna Detachable Dipole RP-SMA antenna x 3
Operating Frequency 2.4G~2.4835GHz /5.1~5.8GHz
WAN Connection Type Internet connection type : Automatic IP, Static IP, PPPoE(MPPE supported), PPTP, L2TP
Dual Link support
Multicast Proxy support
Utilities Download master
– support BT, NZB, HTTP, ED2K
– support encryption, DHT, PEX and magnet link
– upload and download bandwidth control
– download scheduling

Media server:
Image: JPEG
Audio: mp3, wma, wav, pcm, mp4, lpcm, ogg
Video: asf, avi, divx, mpeg, mpg, ts, vob, wmv, mkv, mov

QoS:
WMM
User definable rules for IP/MAC/Port. Upload and Download bandwidth management.
ACK/SYN/FIN/RST/ICMP with Highest priority

Guest Network
2.4GHz guest network x 3, 5GHz guest network x 3

Printer Server: multifunctional printer support(Windows nly), LPR protocol support

File server: Samba and FTP server with account management

PPTP VPN server

Network map

Traffic monitor

Ports
  4 x RJ45 for 10/100/1000/Gigabits BaseT for LAN, 1 x RJ45 for 10/100/1000/Gigabits BaseT for WAN, Support Ethernet and 802.3 with max. bit rate 10/100/1000/Gigabits Mbps and auto cross-over function(MDI-X)
USB 2.0 x 2
Button WPS Button, Reset Button, Power Button
LED Indicator
  LAN x 4
WAN x 1
AIR x 2
USB x 1
Power Supply AC Input : 110V~240V(50~60Hz)
DC Output : 19 V with max. 1.58 A current
Weight / Dimensions 450g / 207 x 148.8 x 35.5 mm (WxDxH)